Monthly Archives: August 2016

It Can’t Happen Here, Part II

A couple of weeks ago retired Physics Professor Steve Baker sent over a package of materials. It took a while for me to get to it but when I did I was just delighted with its contents. Most of it … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Talking

This looks intense but fun. It’s unlabeled and undated, naturally. If you can identify any of these kids (or if you were one yourself) let me know. Bonus: Roofing materials for Rayzor Hall.

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Some Unexpected African American Students at Rice, 1964

Yesterday afternoon I left campus right after lunch to start packing for our move to a new house. The movers will do a lot of it for you but I can’t find a way to trust anyone else with my … Continue reading

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The Great Scramble, 1957

As I was putting Vetta Masterson’s journal back in its place yesterday,  I stopped to look through a scrapbook that’s part of the Masterson collection. I’d seen these particular pictures before but this time I was in the right frame … Continue reading

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Moving in the Rain, 1957

In yet another sign that I may have been here too long, after I wrote yesterday about the freshmen arriving in the rain I had this thought: “Hmmm, didn’t it rain when they were first moving into the new colleges?” … Continue reading

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Move In

The freshmen arrived this year on a rainy day, dampened but undaunted. Here’s a lovely piece by Rice’s videographer, Brandon Martin, that captures all the nervous excitement of the moment. I was especially touched to see Franz Brotzen-Smith, the grandson … Continue reading

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Dr. Lovett Smiles

It’s another travel day for me today so this will be a quickie. Here’s an image of President Lovett standing in the Sallyport on the day of the 1930 commencement garden party. It’s a great one, and rare. I believe … Continue reading

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